International Honorary Chair ”Jean BART” in support of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region



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EU Expert & Consultant in Sustainability Governance Management (ESG)
Sustainable development reporting and auditing 

Mini-Executive MBA according to the
UNESCO lifelong learning international system, also recommended by the EU Council (2018),
in just 3 months, online or/and hybrid format,
depending on the learners’ preferences

EU Expert & Consultant in Sustainability Governance Management (ESG)

Sustainable development reporting and auditing  

Medium-term post-graduate online course (equivalent of a total of 120 hours)

Why must we comply with the new ESG regulations? 

Through the transition imposed by the practical enforcement of ESG – Environmental Social Governance (management of corporate sustainability), orienting EU & all the rest of Europe within the newly emerging ESG culture / ”Green Revolution”, reference is made to the new global approach to the sustainable investment and banking system which, according to Morningstar Inc, amounts to a total of 2.7 trillions of dollars. According to the Bloomberg Intelligence Agency, this amount will reach, by 2025, about 50 trillion dollars, a figure also confirmed by the Global Sustainable Investment Association.

Recent estimates show that in 10 years from now, only people who have gone through an ESG-type training – certification will be preferred for employment, which also equates to an opportunity for rapid advancement in the professional career.

2024 is considered to be ”a landmark year”, marked by a series of pivotal EU ESG reporting regulations, reshaping corporate responsibility and investing reporting practices, like: SFDR – Sustainable Finance Discosure Regulation; CSRD – Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive; CSDDD – Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive; EU Taxonomy and ”Fit for 55′ Package”. 

Other emerging EU sustainability regulations are to be taken into account: EU green claims directive; EU regulation on deforestation; revision of EU law on packaging / packaging waste, EU ”Women on boards” directive; EU eco-design for sustainable products. Companies previously reporting under the NFRD must comply with the CSRD for the first time. Gradual expansion of reporting requirements to additional companies and sectors, including SME environment, will dispose of a comprehensive coverage.  

We specifically emphasize that an ESG Expert – Consultant has as its central mission to do all the diligence to provide both financial advice and non-financial aspects, including those related to the field of CSR (corporate social responsibility) and human rights, related to investment opportunities in the favor of taking the wisest possible decisions by stakeholders or interested organizations.

Demo sample from our course

The success of the ESG strategy transposition depends essentially on the coalition of the whole team, to be achieved by following 5 key strategies or measures analyzed within the course:

1. Motivating the team in favor of ESG implementation – especially through EU regulations and directives, as well as through the transposition of the “green taxonomy”.
2. Focusing on good practices drawn from the accumulated experience in favor of a “culture of change”, including best practices on the social dimension (diversity, equity, inclusion etc).
3. Redirecting top managers to change in a “top down”, as well as of the employees  “buttom up” type system (the dissemination of success stories is strictly necessary).
4. Giving more meaning to the created content, with an emphasis on “employee value proposition” (participatory style).
5. Orientation of the resilience generation process in the light of a potential “future disruptive period of crisis” at the military, economic, climatic level.

    Among the professional positions that require mandatory
    ESG – Sustainable Development training/certification:

    – Project Management in Sustainable Development

    – Investments Portfolio Analyst & Manager   

    – Banking Managers and other related Experts

    – Lawyers specialized in due diligence

    – Legal / Compliance Specialist

    – Marketing / Client Service / Branding Consultant

    – IT Infrastructure Support

    – Risk Management

    – Environmental Protection Specialist

    – Urban Planner

    ESG-based Landscape Architect

    – ESG Energy Manager

    – Environmental Consultant

    – Ecologist

    – Energy Engineer

    – Sustainability Consultant & Stakeholders

    – Conservation Scientist

    – Air Quality Engineer

    – Accounting practitioner

    – County, regional, national and EU public authorities decision-makers/experts

    Important warning!

    According to the four new EU Regulations and Directives, recently entered into force, from 1 January 2024, the process of collecting and interpreting data related to corporate sustainability management has begun. Thus, public and private economic organizations/ companies with more than 250 employees, active on the territory of the EU Member States, are obliged, subject to demanding sanctions, to collect, investigate and subsequently report all data related to compliance with financial and non-financial standards/ indicators, during 2024, regarding sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, environment and internal governance to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), in relation mainly to ISO 14001.

    Also, EU institutions succeeded to harmonise the level of penalties imposed to companies non-complying to ESG regulations/taxonomy at the level of up to 5% of their annual turnover.   

    To whom is the course addressed?

    Through the evaluation of the material components and through debates, the course envisages to deepen and implement the material risks and profitable opportunities related to the key stakeholders, which can thus be useful both for those in the initiation or intermediate stage as a level of business analysis, including the banking field, as well as for the practitioners in the field of public or private investments. It is also useful for scholars, researchers and consultants looking to gain additional insights through ESG.

    The exercises and tools explored will be useful for any type of expert, consultant or manager, and can thus provide support for clients in the private and public sectors. This is possible through incorporating ESG approaches and strategies in order to tangibly improve global results.

    Targeted competences and practical skills:

    – to understand the legislative and procedural framework of the changes in the EU, respectively in the USA and UK, regarding the components and application of the new corporate governance of sustainability (ESG) in the stage up to the fulfillment of the UN SDG 2030;

    – to identify and implement in a adaptive manner the frameworks and related standards based on good practices and exemplified success stories;

    – to develop the capacity to synthesize, investigate and evaluate the data collected in favor of ESG monitoring and reporting;

    – to be aware of and put into practice the requirements related to risk management and prevention, especially in relation to the expectations of stakeholders and audit institutions at the European level;

    – to deepen and apply in a personalized way the benefits and challenges related to the EU and international ranking of the organization and in order to increase the visibility and reputation of its brand.

    – to be able to creatively correlate and implement best practices through flexible adaptation and the use of “tips & tricks” both from the perspective of the reporting organizations and the investment environment and auditing authorities in the field of ESG.    

    The main modules for ensuring pro-active and effective ESG guidance

    The main modules are based on the experience already accumulated in the last decade, in live and online trainings, in collaboration with other centers and institutions, by the “Jean Bart” Honorary International Chair, founded by the EUROLINK-House of Europe Foundation, member of the European Network for Education & Training (EUNET), in partnership with the Romanian Academy (2012), Affiliated Member to the International Science Council – Paris. 


    Introductory remarks. The role and importance of sustainable development strategies in EU Member States. Case study: Romania

    Module 1. Sustainable management of natural resources in relation to the preservation of biodiversity.What does it mean in practice and what are the benefits and implications of implementing the new sustainable corporate governance (ESG)?

    Module 2. The new strategic guidelines of the European Union, in the field of the circular economy, with orientation until the year 2050. What are the standards and key components (“frameworks”) regarding the selection and application of the reporting system regarding sustainability?

    Module 3. What essential components does the development of organizational strategy include in order to meet ESG targets and commitments? Good practices and recommendations.

    Module 4. How do we adopt and put into practice the appropriate methodology reflected by the Action Plan of the organization and its stakeholders? Case study MSCI, as the market-leading agency for the ranking and brand reputation of companies.

    Module 5. What are the key components and ways of prevention in integrated ESG risk management? Case study on the implementation of the Sectoral Risk Management Implementation Plan, including lessons learned through the use of IC&T platforms, applications and other best practices in the field.

    Module 6. How is the management of global/European value chains practically achieved in an ESG context? Case study-good practices: the “Battery Value Chain”.

    Module 7. Why and how is the periodic revision of ESG standards carried out according to changing climate, corporate social responsibility and human rights (the new due dilgence directive) criteria? Top special “tips & tricks” for professionals and stakeholders in the field of sustainability governance through financial and non-financial reporting. Types of best practices: ISO 26000 on corporate social and environmental responsibility; lessons learned for the field of financial-banking institutions resulting from the EBA report.

    The final evaluation will be carried out under the guidance of the course coordinators and consists of highlighting the necessary steps for the successful implementation of the ESG strategy and personalized action plan.

    The main coordinator of the course

    The general coordinator of the course is Prof. Assoc. Sever AVRAM, Expert in European Studies and International Relations, being a graduate of postgraduate studies at the Central European University and a former scholarship holder of the Open Society Institute. He worked as a consultant both for the European Commission and for the Government of Romania, being also responsible for the elaboration of the chapter on social policies – human resources within the National Pre-Accession Program of Romania. He is the Executive President of the EUROLINK-House of Europe Foundation, affiliated member of the European Network for Education & Training (Bonn) and General Coordinator of the “Jean Bart” Honorary International Chair (CIO-SUERD), the Founding Coordinator of the Professional Alliance of European Sustainable Competitiveness Brand Ambassadors / Leaders , as well as ANC accredited Trainer.


    The International Honorary Chair “Jean Bart” in support of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (CIO-SUERD), project coordinated by the EUROLINK-House of Europe Foundation (member of the European Network for Education & Training – EUNET) and founded in partnership with the Romanian Academy (2012).

    Scientific Advisory Board of the program:

    Dr. Eng. Urb. Pietro ELISEI, President of ISOCARP – International Society of City and Regional Planners (The Hague), Expert of the European Commission for the UIA and URBACT Programs

    Jamil BENABDALLAH – Consultant, H64 Blockchain For Growth – Paris;

    Dr. Simina LAKATOS – Director General, Institute for Circular Economy and Environment Research “Ernest Lupan” Cluj Napoca;

    Dr. Sabina REICHERT – Executive Director, URBASOFIA (Rome-Bucharest);

    Prof. Univ. Dr. Petre PRISECARU – Head of Department, Institute of World Economy of the Romanian Academy

    Dr. Costin LIANU – Director General, USH ProBusiness;

    Dr. Mădălina ANDREI – Advisor, National Environmental Protection Agency;

    Anca IONAȘ – Consultant in European Financial Affairs / Master in Economics CEU / College of Europe Bruges;

    Prof. Sandu ZAMFIRESCU – Knowledge Management Specialist, ANC accredited trainer.


    General Coordinator: Prof. Assoc. Sever AVRAM, Romanian Academy Associate Researcher / ANC accredited trainer.

    Ways & methods used within our program:

    The next session is scheduled to take place between 16 September – 30 November 2024, flexibly, in an on-line (asincron) and hybrid formats, depending on the work schedule/availability of each participant, through an educational platform (Moodle), accessible to any learner in a personalized way;

    The program is structured, according to the style adopted by academies or knowledge/business accelerators, in a proportion of 2/3 practical and procedural aspects and 1/3 theoretical aspects complementary to the relevant career choices. Concretely, this means that it harmonizes with the system recommended by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), for a duration of 120 hours, including personal study, home assessments and personalized advice from the course mentors.

    The organizers offer, as a package, the components of Certification-Letter of Recommendation and guidance until the expected success is achieved, in a personalized way for each student.


    Participants receive, following the final assessment, the Graduation Certificate “EU Expert & Consultant in Sustainability Governance Management (ESG) – Reporting and sustainable development audit” with the detailed Annex including the targeted competences and practial skills and the evaluation method, issued by the International Honorary Chair “Jean Bart” CIO-SUERD, project founded in 2012 by the EUROLINK-House of Europe Foundation in partnership with the Biodiversity Center “Acad. David DAVIDESCU” of the Romanian Academy (affiliated member of the International Science Council, Paris).


    Eligibility of participants

    To be eligible, participants are required to have at least a completed or in-progress bachelor’s degree level. Also the participants should be citizens or residents of EU or EEA or Republic of Moldova. 

    In order to co-finance the program, the tuition fees include: the registration procedure; unlimited access at any time to the content of the modules; counseling and clarifications upon request, for those motivated, technical assistance for the successful evaluation of course completion; issuing the Graduation Certificate and the Study Annex; participation in other profile public events of the organizers and their partners.

    Media Partners and Supporters:

    Associated Media Partners: National Press Agency AGERPRES, Agency RADOR,

    Media Partners:,,, Mobile Communications,,,, “Danube Bulletin”.


    The registrations are made on the basis of the Enrollment Form, according to the “First-come-first-served” principle, until July 31, 2024 at the latest. A special discount is granted for early enrollment (“Early-Bird” – July 17, 2024). Additional details can be requested from the Technical Secretariat by e-mail: or by phone at the number: (+4)0723670987.  

    Easy, flexibile & efficient

    Over 1750 students successfully graduated the online courses and the training sessions of CIO-SUERD, organised in various universities / universities in Romania. Also, a significant number of professionals, managers or experts originating from Romania, working in other EU countries or Canada and the United States, have studied under the aegis of CIO-SUERD. They succeeded to upgrade their own professional / scientific training in order to better understand and valuate the European funded projects or programs, in particular cross-border and transnational cooperation.

    They are part of the National Network of Danube Officers, established in 2015, at the Palace of the Parliament.

    Online courses

    The courses are conducted online (remotely), using an e-learning platform (learning using an electronic platform) and are presented in the form of modules, which can be downloaded and completed at own pace, depending on the time allocated to the course. and the accumulation power of the presented materials. Course graduates will continue to have access to the course modules, as well as other new materials, which will be uploaded to the platform on a regular basis.

    Live sessions

    The information & training sessions, with a physical presence (live), are held regularly, with the support of invited partners and speakers, on topics of common interest in the field of European funding. At the end of the sessions, the participants receive Diplomas of Participation, issued by the International Honorary Chair “Jean Bart” in support of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (CIO-SUERD), project coordinated by the EUROLINK Foundation-House of Europe.

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